In California, once a person files for divorce, are they considered legally separated?

Filed for divorce in 2010.
Haven’t lived in the same
house sense. What is she
entitled too?
I heard she is only
entitled to what we had
together up to the date we
filed. Anything after 2010
she is not entitled to. Is
this true?

Asked on September 28, 2017 under Family Law, California


M.T.G., Member, New York Bar / FreeAdvice Contributing Attorney

Answered 3 years ago | Contributor

Generally speaking, once you file for divorce it "stops the clock" on accruing the marital assets.  That means that everything you accrue after the date of filing is separate property for both parties. It is the date certain that the courts can look to as the end of the marriage.  Good luck.

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